031 – Sugar Addiction and Tamiflu

  Chris' addiction almost leads to a car crash, so Jonathan decides to stage an intervention. Is sugar addictive? What even is an addiction? Could it be that the popular definition has little to do with the medical one? Talks of cocaine (or Michael Caine), binge-eating disorder, and How I Met Your Mother follow. Also: did somebody take antiviral Tamiflu's medal away? And why were parents sending their child's snot to researchers? What kind of…

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Low Carb Diets Versus Low Fat

  Between fat and sugar, which is the devil and which is the angel(food)? Chris' latest in the Gazette: http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-low-carb-diets-versus-low-fat...   Transcript:   Many people, especially TV celebrities with diet books to sell, will tell you that sugar is bad for you and the reason why so many people are overweight. They will then go on to tell you that you can lose weight by switching sugar for fat. The promise is that you can lose…

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Vlog 24: Tone Policing

  Refuting the same arguments over and over again can lead people like me to sound aggressive or dismissive sometimes. And that's when the tone police comes out to hand out tickets. What are the implications?   Transcript below: Hey, this is Jonathan from The Body of Evidence. Do you sometimes wish science communicators who tackle controversial topics would just stick to the facts and stop being so judgmental? If you do, you're not alone.…

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Dairy Might Be Demoted… Is It Bad For You?

  Before Chris' vacation, he filed the following piece for the CBC Wellness blog. It's about dairy's place in Canada's Food Guide and the evidence behind the health claims made for dairy (a topic we've covered in an early episode about milk and a more recent one about vitamin D). You can access the piece here: http://www.cbc.ca/life/wellness/if-dairy-gets-demoted-in-the-new-food-guide-does-that-mean-it-s-bad-for-you-1.4232462   Transcript follows: Canada's Food Guide is currently undergoing a major overhaul. While the final version won't be ready for…

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Read: How People Get Rich Selling You Lies About Nutrition

  Dr. Steven Novella wrote a very important piece on his blog Neurologica about food bogeymen. If you don't know who he is, Dr. Novella is a practicing neurologist at Yale School of Medicine; he is the host of one of the most popular skeptical podcasts out there, The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe; he writes for and edits the amazingly thorough Science-Based Medicine blog, which he founded; and he blogs about neurology, critical thinking, and other…

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Book Review: Stephen Fry’s The Hippopotamus

  "So is that why you came here, then? Just to pour cold water all over us? Just to sneer up your snotty sleeve? If you can't take it seriously, why try and ruin our happiness?" You might be forgiven for thinking that Stephen Fry's The Hippopotamus--a 1994 novel and now a theatrical release--is a British comedy of manners featuring a cantankerous, cynical drunk. But the novel itself, written in Fry's delightfully brilliant voice, is…

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030 – Vitamin D and Clinical Trials

  Bizarre behaviour on the beach leads Chris and Jonathan to discuss the merits of vitamin D. Where exactly in the sun's rays does this vitamin hide? Is there a deficiency epidemic? And can this miraculous vitamin reverse the course of diseases? Also: a Superman geek fail; putting the "randomized" back in "randomized clinical trials"; why 1 and 2 are dirty numbers; and pot cures epilepsy (sort of... not really). Vox pop by Thanos Michailopoulos…

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Natural Health Products and Pharmacies

  Health Canada has grappled with the issue of regulating natural health products with varying success. A recent editorial in the CMAJ advocates for separating out prescription medication that has been scientifically proven and non-prescription products that sometimes aren't. Given that these products are displayed side by side on store shelves it can be confusing for consumer to know what actually works and what doesn't. Teddy is certainly baffled by the array of products out…

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Losing weight, increasing fitness in old age

After my last article on intermittent fasting, which you can read below, a reader contacted me to ask what can older people do to lose weight? What’s the best form of exercise? Well here’s the answer. My latest for the Montreal Gazette: http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-losing-weight-increasing-fitn... **************************************** The other day I got an email from a reader who had a bone to pick with me regarding my article on intermittent fasting. He asked me why all my articles were…

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